Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey, 35, who also served as the state chair of President Donald Trump's campaign during the primary elections, is under investigation by police after he was caught in a Motel 8 room with an underage boy, Raw Story reports.
According to NewsOK, Shortey has been married to his high school sweetheart since 2002.
No one has been arrested, but text messages between Shortey and the boy are reportedly being investigated.
According to KOCO News 5, an employee at the hotel confirmed a man by the name of "Ralph Allen Shortey" checked into the motel at about 12:20 am on March 9 and requested a room with two beds.
About 30 minutes later, police showed up for a "welfare check," but it's not clear who contacted them.
NewsOK claims police became involved after relatives expressed concern about the teenage boy.
Speaking with NewsOK, Lt. Kyle Dudley stated,
There is reportedly a note on Shortey's office door right now that says he's out for the week.
It appears Shortey may have met with Donald Trump Jr recently, perhaps even the day after the incident with the teenage boy occurred, based on the date on a Facebook post (March 10).
The post says,
Meanwhile, Democrats in Oklahoma have called on Shortey to suspend himself from official activities as the investigation continues.
A March 14 statement from Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, Mark Hammons, says,